Some would say “Life on the road is suited for everyone”, others such as for myself, would disagree. Life on the road is not suited for everyone, because not everyone can throw away their normal life and go on the road or the wilderness and survive like Chris McCandless. Some would think, Chris McCandless, was on a suicide mission but he was only following his dreams and he actually did, unlike many people. Chris McCandless inspired so many people to move out, leave their old lives, and have a fresh start at their life. Chris McCandless was a independent person and he was trying to get away from civilization because he felt like he never fit into it.
Chris McCandless abandoned the modern world and chose the wild because he believed that he could improve himself through living in the wild, and found the true happiness of the life. McCandless abandoned his wealthy family because of his complicated relationship with his father, and he was ashamed with his father’s adultery. Therefore, McCandless believed that human relationship was not the only thing that forms happiness, instead a man’s connection with the nature brings joy as well. He also believed the habitual lifestyle was not what people were meant to do, and people shouldn't have more possessions than what they need. For this reason, McCandless traveled with little effects.
Going into the wild and abandoning all that you know and love is such a hard task to do. Chris McCandless is a brave soul for going on that journey to find himself and discover who he truly is. Living in complete solitude with nature was his solution to his personal issues at home and inside his head. He longed for complete happiness and believed he could discover it on his journey to Alaska. Anthony Storr, a noted psychiatrist explains, "creative attitude and the ability to have peak experiences depends upon being free of other people...", and I agree with this idea.
I believe Shaun Callarman whom focuses on Chris McCandless is quite harsh in saying Chris had no common sense and saying that he does not admire him for his courage when Chris McCandless was a brave, wise and intelligent man. He knew exactly what he was getting into when he started his journey on going to Alaska. I think that he wanted to explore the wild and experience a different life other than the one he had. I disagree with Callarman saying McCandless was bright and arrogant at the same time. He had no business going to Alaska but that was his tactic for getting away from society.
In the novel Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, many people thought that Chris McCandless was crazy for what he had done. Callarman's statement states that “McCandless was bright and ignorant” Long, C. (n.d.). I disagree with this quote. I believe that he did it because he didn't want to be bossed around, nor he didn't want to be his dad's puppet. He wanted to experience many new adventures outside of society.
Even if he hated them, he should of told them because his parents were worried and they wanted him to succeed. Because of the fact that he made poor decisions, traveled into the wilderness for no good reason, and lacked common sense, I agree with the statement that Chris is completely ignorant. Chris McCandless went on a journey that eventually lead him to Alaska where he met his demised. He took on the name Alexander Supertramp. In the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer it states, “What Walt, Billie, and Carine didn’t know when they flew down to Atlanta to
In the short story, “Death of an Innocent” by Jon Krakauer, Chris McCandless travels into the Alaskan wilderness with the intention of relying completely on himself. In the true spirit of transcendentalism, McCandless travels to escape the bounds of society and to remove himself from a materialistic world. Many argue, however, that Chris McCandless was not a transcendentalist because he travels to exotic lands as a means of avoidance, but actually, Chris McCandless is the epitome of a transcendentalist. Transcendentalists, however, rely on themselves and nature to survive and do not depend on material items. Transcendentalists romanticize individualism and believe that intuition is the best guide through life.
Third. we study for the profession that we are passionate about and want to make it our dream jobs. Or in other word something we would like to do for the rest of our life. In Fahrenheit 451 it is the complete opposite because it says at the beginning that Montag really wanted to be a fireman. Montag only was a fireman for the job and money because, in the end, Montag wanted to free books and bring them back to society, so therefore he's not passionate about his career.
Thoreau’s purpose is to live a simple life. He doesn't want to live the fast life, he wants to see every detail there is and obtain everything life offers. Thoreau wanted to die knowing he lived what life was meant to be. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” This is an antithesis because Thoreau supports his decision on going into to the woods by saying if he didn't, he would regret it. Thoreau states, “I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary.” Thoreau is contrasting his purpose with his resignation.
In the passage Expert from Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson says ”In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me In life,-no disgrace, no calamity,”(line 13). This Relates to McCandless because when he was in Alaska, he felt as if he was safe and that nothing was ever going to happen to him. Mccandless was very happy with the life he chose by going into the wild. In conclusion, McCandless was just like every other youth who did not like to obey by the rules and wanted to explore taking a risky journey which would forever be a learning experience for him.
They dreamed of a different place, away from society in Alaska, that ultimately killed them. The lives of Gene Rosellini and John Waterman were practically the same person as Chris McCandless. Their heart, love, and dreams led them to their deaths. None of them wanted to die, they all had plans; Gene, wanting to get back into the mainland and visit family, John, stating previous so his last attempt “Take me home… I don’t want to die.” 79, and Chris, who was planning to go back to his days as a Leather
To do so he wanted to go to Alaska before that he had to travel, work, and camp out a lot, so it was tough but he was up for the battle. When he made it to Alaska he was doing good and was finding happiness until things started getting rough. He started losing a lot of weight because of the animals were not coming out as often. When he turned to plants and started eating it, he did not realize he was killing himself. Right before he died, he said “happiness is better When shared” McCandless.
Issues in his own family and belief that society was wrong, he disappeared without a word or letter to his family, and set out to live off the land. Through both their own adventures that have both proved a point, but Shepard was more impactful and admirable because he did it for society while McCandless did it for his own satisfaction. With controversial topics such a poverty thriving throughout the US, Shepard made a plan to show that it 's possible that anyone can lift themselves
Siddhartha’s and Chris’ journeys are both motivated by the rejection of their old lifestyles. Chris’ parents argued a lot in Into the Wild and had many fights, despite this they still loved him. Even though Chris was loved by his parents he wanted to escape all of their fights, this is why instead of just isolating himself he actually had to take a physical journey. Chris also wanted to leave behind his wealth and money, so he took his journey to Alaska. Siddhartha takes his journey into the woods to be a Samana because he wanted to live with them and leave his dad and his fame behind.
While playing with the fire he didn’t think he can get burned by it. Even when his ambitions were too unrealistic to achieve, he continued to follow them, relying oh his belief of his own exceptionality. Maybe if he would have been less self-centered and a little more humble to let other people help him to prepare better for his journey, he could still be alive, but unfortunately instead of thinking rationally he let his arrogance cloud his judgments and in April 1992 he walked into the Alaskan forest not prepared for what was waiting ahead of